Friday, June 30, 2017

Songs of Place: Cumberland Gap

Let's do another song of place. Wikipedia has a nice backgrounder on this old folk song, whih has been recorded numerous times. The Cumberland Gap itself plays a significant part in several aspects of American history, and the song seems to draw on some of these memories. Every version selects from a somewhat different set of lyrics, but here's a nice early recording by Frank Hutchinson.

But while we're at it we might as well include Jason Isbell's remarakble song of the same name:

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